‘Change the world’ and pray this fall

The Covington News - - LOCAL - ROB DEWIG rdewig@cov­news.com

Clau­dia Minge told the New­ton County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers Tues­day that they’re in­vited to a pair of Chris­tian events this fall – and so are you, of course.

Minge, who led the Pledge of Al­le­giance be­fore the com­mis­sion­ers’ meet­ing, ex­plained that the On Your Knees prayer event is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 21 (that’s a Sun­day, nat­u­rally), on the Square in Cov­ing­ton. Par­tic­i­pants will pray for the county’s schools, school em­ploy­ees, the county com­mis­sion­ers, city officials, the cham­ber of com­merce, the mil­i­tary, civil ser­vants, fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity, she said.

A to­tal of 14 churches have signed on to par­tic­i­pate so far, she said, with sev­eral agree­ing to move their Sun­day night ser­vices to the Square for the event. She in­vited com­mis­sion­ers to ask their churches to par­tic­i­pate if they aren’t al­ready.

The sec­ond event is big­ger – the Change the World “Race Against Hunger” set for noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 25 at Cov­ing­ton First Bap­tist Church, 1113 Church Street.

Now in its sixth year, the event fea­tured 80 booths of in­for­ma­tional ma­te­rial last year, and Munge hopes for more. The party will fea­ture live Chris­tian mu­sic, free food (for do­na­tions to fight hunger), games, a pet­ting zoo, face-paint­ing, a blood-col­lec­tion drive, health screen­ings and flu shots, prayer sta­tions and art ex­hibits.

Also, the Gifts of Grace Expo will be held at the same time, fea­tur­ing hair­cuts and nail pol­ish­ing, eye screen­ings by the Lions Club, a “mo­bile den­tist,” health care store foods, coats, sweaters, gloves, scarves, blan­kets, food and drink, and show­ers for the needy.

The idea is to give things to those who need it, she said. Items needed for the giveaway in­clude coats, sweaters, sweat­shirts, pants, gloves, scarves, socks, blan­kets, new or used Bi­bles and de­vo­tional books, cases of wa­ter, non­per­ish­able foods, health items like soap and de­odor- ant, pet food and fi­nan­cial do­na­tions or schol­ar­ships.

This year, 16 churches are in, with more ex­pected. Girl and Boy Scouts are also par­tic­i­pat­ing, as are sev­eral civic groups. Last year, vol­un­teers gave away 200 bags of food, 500 coats and sweaters, and 400 health­care bags, Minge said.

All pro­ceeds will be dis­trib­uted to the hun­gry specif­i­cally, she said.

“We hope that day we can help so many peo­ple,” she said to mum­bled “amens” from the com­mis­sion­ers. “Come on out.”

A “mile fun run” will be­gin that morn­ing at 8:30, fol­lowed by a 5K at 9. Ad­mis­sion, as such, is do­na­tions of non­per­ish­able food.

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